Quick Write

A theme is a central idea in a piece of writing or other work of art.

What theme or themes did you notice in “Woman Hollering Creek?”

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Analysis vs Summary

Summary versus Analysis. What is the difference?

What does it mean to analyze literature?

“Woman Hollering Creek”

What are some themes, recurring topics or ideas, that you have noticed?

Lets come up with a list of characters.

Arguable Thesis

Start with what interests you, to develop a point of analysis. You can choose a character, theme, issue, context, patterns, metaphors, authors style or language, etc. What is standing out to you and then you can develop that into a thesis.

You will be arguing that your analysis of the work is valid.

Developing Strong Thesis Statements

In Woman Hollering Creek, Sandra Cisneros is recasting traditional negative Mexican female archetypes in a positive light.

Focus on Thesis and Structure

One way to organize your analysis essay:

  • Introduce the text and state your arguable thesis.
  • Body paragraphs 1-3,4,5,6??? cite passages and explain how each supports your thesis and interpretation.
  • Conclusion, sum up your interpretation in light of your analysis
  • Document Sources, works cited.

You can choose other ways of organizing, as long as it is clear and  makes sense.

Alternate Interpretation

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